NEWSBREAK: Suspected armed herdsmen visit palace, kidnap Ekiti Oba
By Tajudeen Okunola
Armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen did the unexpected in Ekiti State. They went to the palace and kidnapped a prominent traditional ruler, His Royal Highness, Oba of Ilemeso, Oba David Oyewumi
The incidence took place on Thursday night. Eyewitnesses said the armed men came in military uniform, scaled the fence and took the traditional ruler away.
“They didnt allow him to dress or take his belongings. He was bundled like a common criminal. The intonation of the attackers indicated they were Fulani” a witness to the gory incidence told Irohinoodua.
Meanwhile the Chairman of Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers, the Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, His Royal Majesty ,Oba Adebanji Ajibade Alabi AFUNTADE 1 has called on the police in Ekiti State to swing into action in rescuing the traditional ruler.
The Oba of ilemeso Ekiti in Oye local government of Ekiti State, Oba David Oyewumi would be the second traditional ruler to be humiliated by the herdsmen. Few days ago, the herdsmen shot at the Elewu of Ewu Ekiti. He escaped with gun wounds. He is currently recuperating in the hospital.
Speaking in his palace in Ilawe – Ekiti today, 16th April 2021 on behalf of all traditional rulers in the State, the Alawe who described the situation as embarrassing, worrisome and troubling, asked the police to spread its dragnets all over the state as well as increase patrols both day and night to stop the kidnappers from having free movement in Ekiti.
The monarch suggested that more personnel should be recruited into the Amotekun Security outfit in addition to equipping the outfit with requisite gadgets in order to monitor all routes and forests in Ekiti.
The Chairman of the Ekiti traditional rulers further suggested that the Army should be brought in at this stage to support other security outfits in flushing out all kidnappers from Ekiti forests and their hideouts.
Oba Alabi urged members of the various communities in Ekiti to always give useful information on unusual movements of strange faces to security agents.
Oba David Oyewumi, the Obadu of Ilemeso Ekiti was kidnapped in his palace yesterday, the 15th of April 2021 by gunmen who scaled the fence of his palace.